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Supersized Philanthropy and Diminished Democracy

Maxim Thorne | Posted 01.07.2012 | Business
Maxim Thorne

What bothers the right about "big government" should bother us about "supersized philanthropy." The growing power of philanthropists has begun to undercut our democracy and our democratic institutions.

The Psychology Of Donation

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 12.30.2011 | Healthy Living
Art Markman, Ph.D.

The choice to give money to charity becomes a personal one. We use those donations to help protect ourselves from thought that dangerous things could happen to us.

It's Finally Over -- and It Was Wrong

Jim Wallis | Posted 12.27.2011 | World
Jim Wallis

The initial feelings that rushed over me after hearing the announcement that we're pulling out of Iraq were of deep relief. But then they turned to deep sadness over the terrible cost of a war that was always wrong: intellectually, politically, strategically and, above all, morally.

Are You a Giving Person?

Michelle Roya Rad | Posted 12.25.2011 | Healthy Living
Michelle Roya Rad

To be a stable giver, it is important to have boundaries, emotional honesty and emotional responsibility.

Travel Bloggers Building Libraries In Zambia

Pam Mandel | Posted 12.19.2011 | Travel
Pam Mandel

This year, Passports with Purpose, the travel blogger's fundraiser, is supporting Room to Read. Here's how you can help children learn to love books.

Is Anonymity In Giving The Way To Go?

Charles Howard | Posted 12.14.2011 | Impact
Charles Howard

I've known them for a long time. We've been friends for years. Shared laughs, went to each other's weddings, had play dates for our kids. We're close...

WATCH: Australian Celebrates 30 By Giving Gifts To 30 Strangers

Huffington Post | Anna Bahr | Posted 11.23.2011 | Impact

When it comes to milestone birthdays, the celebrant typically sits back and waits for the cake, party and presents to come his way. But, when Lucas Ja...

Whose Responsibility Is It to Feed America's Hungry?

Vicki Escarra | Posted 11.21.2011 | Impact
Vicki Escarra

Every person and every sector has an obligation to help our fellow citizens and ensure America's prosperity. Hunger is an urgent issue in America, and we must do something about it now. Not tomorrow or next year, but now. People are suffering today.

39 Inspiring Men and Their Passion for Charity

2morrowknight | Posted 11.16.2011 | Impact

This is the latest post in our series, TwitterPowerhouses, which focuses on the contributions of people who've helped to expand, influence, and redefi...

Why Steve Jobs and I Hate Charity

Joe Waters | Posted 11.09.2011 | Impact
Joe Waters

When giving is disconnected from caring and context, it's just charity, in the worst sense of the word.

Decline in Giving to Human Services Means Nonprofits Must Improve

David Henderson | Posted 10.02.2011 | Impact
David Henderson

If our ultimate goal is to end poverty, we have to face the fact that growing the funding pot is not presently a strategy we can pursue. Instead, we will have to do more with less.

Next Generation Wealth -- Creating Pathways for Armies of Good

April Rudin | Posted 10.01.2011 | Impact
April Rudin

Attending the Nexus Summit were progeny of first generation entrepreneurs whose parents have created and sold firms to large conglomerates and their family has become instantly wealthy by a single event.

Financial Advisors and the Recession

Jeff Gitterman | Posted 09.27.2011 | Business
Jeff Gitterman

In the wake of this most recent recession, it's going to be very difficult for advisors who do not have the complete trust of their clients to continue to make smart decisions.

Making the Most of Philanthropy: Authors of 'Give Smart' and 'Do More Than Give' Share Insights

Rahim Kanani | Posted 09.19.2011 | Impact
Rahim Kanani

I spoke with Tom Tierney, co-author of "Give Smart," and Leslie R. Crutchfield, co-author of "Do More Than Give," on the motivations behind their books, key findings of their research, and the culture of philanthropy today.

Help Like a Normal Person

Attiyya Anthony | Posted 09.18.2011 | Impact
Attiyya Anthony

We seem to think that if you can't make a large-scale, celebrity-influenced difference, then it doesn't count, but it does. You don't have to have a million dollars to make a million-dollar difference.

Your Brain On Charity

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 09.11.2011 | Healthy Living
Art Markman, Ph.D.

When you wander through the grocery store, there are lots of products that tie themselves to social causes. The idea here is that everybody wins. But an interesting paper suggests things might not be so rosy for the charity.

Ask And It Shall Be Given -- Why We Forget To Ask

Peter Baksa | Posted 09.04.2011 | Healthy Living
Peter Baksa

"Ask and it shall be given." Problem is, most of us forget to ask. What is important to remember is that when the time will come, you will be rewarded.

Tips For Everyday Microgiving

Carlo Lorenzo Garcia | Posted 08.25.2011 | Impact
Carlo Lorenzo Garcia

Back in 2010, I started a mission to give everyday for a year. Along my journey, I have received many questions from people asking for tips on how to start their own everyday giving mission.

Give 'Til It Hurts

BJ Gallagher | Posted 08.13.2011 | Religion
BJ Gallagher

As the collection basket made its way toward me, I wondered what to do. My business had been slow, so I had no extra money to give. I desperately wanted to support this marvelous process unfolding in South Africa.

Why Do You Give Too Much?

Srinivasan Pillay | Posted 08.08.2011 | Healthy Living
Srinivasan Pillay

Do you have dog-like faithfulness despite being treated as inhuman most of the time? Do you feel guilty whenever you get anything?

Unleashing the True Power of Giving and Receiving

Hale Dwoskin | Posted 07.23.2011 | Healthy Living
Hale Dwoskin

In my experience, you'll find that as you open the floodgates of the energy we call giving and receiving, it will take you to a completely new level of comfort and abundance in the world.

The Groupon Dilemma For Churches: Attracting Members Without Encouraging Cheapskates

David Briggs | Posted 07.11.2011 | Religion
David Briggs

People were eager to take the free meals or special offers, but not so willing to keep coming back at prices businesses must charge to turn a profit. Churches, mosques and temples can empathize.

Foundations, Insiders and IPOs: Back Door Influence and Abuse

Vivian Norris | Posted 07.06.2011 | Business
Vivian Norris

The wasteful, immoral use of "nonprofit" foundations as ways to funnel monies, evade taxes and influence politics not just at home but abroad, needs to be investigated.

Heart-Full Ways to Give

Michelle Javian | Posted 07.05.2011 | Impact
Michelle Javian

As Spring kicks off, and we celebrate this rejuvenating season, I want to share some ideas of how anyone can help a non-profit, charity, or foundation that they care about.

Donor: Mortenson's Charity Financials 'So Messed Up'

Virginia M. Moncrieff | Posted 07.05.2011 | Impact
Virginia M. Moncrieff

"Who can be troubled to read financials? I have to admit, I didn't until this whole thing broke open. Basically, people are saying, 'Don't trouble me with facts and numbers, I like Greg, and I like the story.'"